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Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour

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    What to Expect
    The tour starts at either 8am or 1:30pm from Far View Lodge, Mile Marker 15, 45 minutes inside Mesa Verde National Park where you will board a comfortable and air conditioned coach. Experience a chronological journey starting with a pithouse village (A.D. 600), the development of pueblos and underground ceremonial rooms called kivas (A.D. 900-1100), to the Classic Pueblo era of cliff dwellings dated from the 13th century. Take amazing photos of Fewkes Canyon Overlooks at Oak Tree House and Fire Temple with a walk around stop at Sun Temple before your visit to either Cliff Palace or Balcony House cliff dwelling. Price includes admission to either one hour ranger guided tour of Cliff Palace or Balcony House depending on the time of year. Learn about the 700 years of Ancestral Puebloan history from our experienced NAI certified Interpretive Guides all while we do the driving and parking.

    Cliff Dwellings are at 7,000 ft. elevation. Cliff Palace (open 5/26-9/24) requires a 1/4 mile hike and climbing four 12 foot ladders. Between 4/15-5/25 and 9/25-10/26 visit Balcony House which requires guests to climb a 32 foot ladder, crawl through an 18 inch x 12 foot tunnel and scale a 60 foot rock face. Guests that are unable or unwilling to climb the ladders will visit the Chapin Mesa Museum and Spruce Tree House Overlook during the dwelling tours.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Durango, Durango, Colorado
    Duration
    4h
    Inclusions
    • Transportation by air conditioned coach
    • Driver
    • National Association for Interpretation certified Interpretive Guide
    • Bottled water
    • Local taxes
    Exclusions
    • National Park Entry Fee
    • Guide Gratuity (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • ADA passengers are accommodated by a visit to Spruce Tree House and Chapin Mesa Museum
    • Electric scooters will not fit inside the coach, push behind wheelchairs are accommodated.
    • Cliff Palace closed 4/15-5/25 and 9/25-10/26. Balcony House is the substitution
    • Cliff Palace requires 1/4 mile hike and climbing four 12 foot ladders
    • Balcony House requires climbing a 32 foot ladder, crawling through an 18 inch x 12 foot tunnel, and scaling a 60 foot rock face to exit the site.
    • Dwellings are at 7,000 feet
    • Dress code:casual with comfortable walking shoes
    • Maximum Group Size: 10
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 38 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The backcountry trip down to Square Tower House was unbelievable. The National Park guide, Jeff Brown, brought it all to life. Then we took Aramark’s 700 year tour and were able to experience not just the Cliff Dweller’s Mesa Verde but also the early Puebloan people’s Mesa Verde
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    Excellent tour guide and driver. Entertaining and personable. Informative tour with lots of information I would not have gleaned on my own. It was a treat for my wife and me to have someone else do the driving while we both peered out the window as we traveled along the
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    We signed up for this tour ss we wanted to have a goid understanding of the Pueblo history. Bus was on time. Our guide was excellent as was the NP Ranger Kevin who took us to Cliff Palace dwelling..requires some agility. Very pleased with the whole experience.
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    We chose the 1:30pm departure hoping that the sun would warm up the fall air and we were not disappointed. At 8am the temp was in the low 40's but by 1:30pm it was sunny and the high 60s. Most likely in the summer you would want the earlier trip opposed to the heat of the
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    Went last Saturday for the Ranger Tour. We went on the 4 hour tour by bus our guide was Pam she was great! She and the driver took us to many sites and gave us the history of the Pueblo’s.It was very interesting but a warm day. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and drink plenty
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    Explorer801710
    10
    Square tower House
    The backcountry trip down to Square Tower House was unbelievable. The National Park guide, Jeff Brown, brought it
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    Kathy
    10
    Half Day Mesa Verde Cultural Tour
    Excellent tour guide and driver. Entertaining and personable. Informative tour with lots of information I would
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    Mike S
    Franklin, Wisconsin
    18189
    Perfect
    We did the 700 tour. Amazing. Holly was a great tour guide. I like the way we made stops to comprehend the basics.
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    John M
    1410
    700 Years Tour
    After seeing a negative review of the 700 year tour, we were apprehensive. However, our tour guide, Carolyn, a
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    Don D
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    21463
    All that was promised
    We signed up for this tour ss we wanted to have a goid understanding of the Pueblo history. Bus was on time. Our
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    buckelisttraveler
    Williamsville, New York
    119110
    Loved this 4 hour tour; well worth your time and money
    We chose the 1:30pm departure hoping that the sun would warm up the fall air and we were not disappointed. At 8am
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    jakebanana
    Clermont, Florida
    5711
    Vacation
    Went last Saturday for the Ranger Tour. We went on the 4 hour tour by bus our guide was Pam she was great! She and
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    Tammie S
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
    199
    Wonderful
    Victoria and Grady were our guides. Very knowledgeable and super friendly. Was an amazing tour. Plenty of photo
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    brcarter2016
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    61
    Mayan ruins
    We went on a 30 minute trail viewing the mayan villages. The tour guide gave information along the way of the
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    Paula K
    Houston, Texas
    4013
    700 year tour
    The tour guide and driver were great and we did learn a number of things we might not have if we hadn’t taken the
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